Gesonia obeditalis Walker, 1859
(one synonym : Dragana pansalis Walker, 1859)
CATOCALINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

This caterpillar is yellow with brown lines. It is missing two pairs of prolegs, and so moves in a looper fashion. It feeds on various species of

  • Grass ( POACAE ).

    The adult moth of this species has brown wings, each with a scalloped dark brown submarginal band. The hindwings have a similar pattern to the forewings but are somewhat paler. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species occurs in

  • India,
  • Singapore,
  • sri Lanka,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Deltoides,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 16 (1859), p. 75-76.


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    (updated 19 September 2008)